Any effort to provide self-sufficient low-cost, and environmentally sound energy to people who do not have access to electricity or have to pay money they don't have to private foreign corporation for access, is a step in the right direction. The only problem is that there is no money in it...
Originally Posted by Blader54
Re local development....I was reading the "Oasis of my Soul" blog (ride report is here at adv) and noticed that Ara seems to be able to do a lot of cooking with a solar oven which made me think that for certain sunny parts of the world where people (usually women) have to walk for hours every day to find firewood, a solar oven might be a great thing to free up time for them to participate in the kind of local development activity I think you are talking about. Am I on the right track?
The Centre for Environmental Education (CEE) is one of the organization at the forefront of initiatives of that nature